Carpe Diem... seize the day... your life IS extraordinary!
I write this Innisfree Moment while sitting at a window in my local library on a sunny mid-November morning, at times idly watching people walking along the street. Around me students, many with partners or in small groups, are tapping onto their laptops, intent on 'seizing the day', not only to complete their current projects, but perhaps mindful of making their lives extraordinary, as the late Robin Williams, portraying teacher John Keating in Dead Poets Society, frequently urged his students. Observing the students helping each other led me to recall an Irish documentary I had watched the previous evening, in which a huge rainbow stretched across the sky, reminding me of a fictional story I shared a few years back on how the colours of the rainbow came together, which I again paraphrase below.
Once upon a time, long long ago, the colours of the world started to quarrel, all claiming that each one was the most important. Green said "I am the sign for life and hope, I was chosen for grass and trees". Blue interrupted, reminding them that it was the sea and sky that brought peace. Yellow chuckled: "I bring laughter, gaiety and warmth into the world, and without me there would be no fun". Orange reminded them that she provided beautiful orange vegetables and filled the sky with dazzling sunrises and sunsets. Then Red shouted that he was the ruler and represented bravery, passion and the red rose, whereupon Purple asserted that he had Royal status, so people listened and obeyed. Quietly but determined, Indigo said they would be superficial without her, as she provided silence and balance.
As they continued their loud boasting, each convinced of their superiority, there was a flash of bright lightening! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain poured down relentlessly! The colours crouched down, fearful! Then Rain spoke: "You foolish colours, fighting amongst yourselves, trying to dominate one another. Don't you know that you are each unique and different, made for a special purpose? Join hands with one another. From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colour as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow will be a sign of hope for tomorrow." (Author unknown)
What a perfect reminder of the value of community, of working together in partnership, instead of being a 'lone ranger'. Please reflect on the strengths that make you unique, for your life is extraordinary. If you are stuck, as I was, do have the courage to reach out to another. It means being willing to ask for support, and then being willing to accept it, neither of which is natural for many of us. But the gift, when we do, is a win-win, as not only do we receive, but we allow another to give. I am SO grateful for the gift of your feedback, especially when a topic spoke to your heart, and for the creative genius of the friend who journeys with me, initially designing and editing my website, and now the layout and complementary illustration for each Moment.
This message combines November and December's Innisfree Moment, as after four years of audio/written messages (still accessible on my website) and over three years of Moments, I am currently reflecting on their format going forward. It is an honour to be in service to you, to share thoughts, music and current reading... speaking of which, today's library pick-up book is Listen Like a Dog, and make your mark on the world, by Jeff Lazarus, which, dipping into, appears to be about the values of listening and silence! Mmmh!! Obviously my favourite author, the late John O'Donohue, had the same idea when he wrote about listening compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences... often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words.
May you travel lightly into the New Year, and when you see a rainbow, remember that it is a sign of hope, how the colours learned they each had a special purpose, accepted their differences and came together in peace, by 'joining hands'. May you seize each day and capture the extraordinary, knowing the world is a better place because of you. May the return of the light and the quiet beauty of the upcoming Special Season bring you deep joy and warm memories to cherish throughout the coming year.
Until we meet again, I send you a Hundred Thousand Blessings, from my heart to yours... Namasté!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada